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17 things Irish kids definitely wanted to be when they grew up

It was all ahead of us.

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1. The Dublin Zookeeper – with particular responsibilities for petting and having the craic with the animals.

2. Binman. Just so you can hang off the back of the truck.

3. Mary Robinson.

4. Or Mary McAleese.

Basically to be the omnipotent, all-powerful President of Ireland – making important decisions like “banning homework” a priority.

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5. Official Cadet soft drink taste tester, progressing to the big bottles of Country Spring as you got older.

A fine career path.

6. Permanent in-house contestant on The Big Bus Quiz on The Den.

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7. Librarian, with full privileges to take home all new books.

8. Or perhaps a designer of quality stationery.

9. Sonia O’Sullivan. The plan was literally to somehow become Sonia O’Sullivan and bask in the glory of your medals.

10. Or be any member of the Italia ’90 squad.

We didn’t even need to be Houghton or Bonner like, we’d happily be Bernie Slaven.

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11. The younger crop, of course, moved on to Gary Breen.

12. Scania truck driver, for no other reason than they were the biggest things on the road.

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13. Astronaut for the as-yet to be invented NISA.

Or to just join the American lads at NASA because Apollo 13 showed us that everything was going to be OK up there.

14. One of the characters off ER – because they seemed to live a glam, high-flying life and were always on the telly.

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15. Paleontologist - preferably working on some form of Irish Jurassic Park.

16. Freewheeling celebrity artist in the mould of Don Conroy.

17. Finally, a writer/detective a la Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote – sorting out every single murder mystery in your local town.

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